In most cases, Florida and the FHA do not require a home inspection. But a home inspection is encouraged and most buyers want them. So, how can a seller prepare for inspection day?
The ideal home home inspection goes like this:
- The seller is not at home during the inspection.
- The buyer is on time for the appointment.
- The home inspector is on time and has all the tools needed.
- If the house is vacant, the utilities are turned on.
- The house is spotless and all personal items are secured or tucked out of sight.
- Pets are crated or removed from the house; bird cages are covered.
- Lighting is in working order throughout, including attics, garages, and closets.
- Appliances are all in working order; pilot lights are lit.
- Washer/dryers and dishwashers are empty and dryer filters clean.
- Ovens and microwaves are clean and in working order; stovetops spotless.
- Access to attic stairs, pulldown ladders, and crawlspace hatches are obvious and unobstructed. Workspace around furnaces and water heaters are clear of obstacles.
- Air conditioning and heating units are in working order with original installation dates noted and a filter change schedule attached to the unit.
- If septic system or water well, a location sketch is left on the kitchen counter.
Unfortunately, home inspections like this are rare. But they don’t have to be! When access areas requiring inspection are are locked or otherwise inaccessible, inspectors need to return to finish the job, slowing the sale and sometimes raising suspicions—even costing a sale!